Bought the Transpod for full price at Best Buy. I bought a lot of the other crap (Itrip, etc.) and regret it. Yeah, there are some funky annoying sounds coming out of it, but to be able to run the Ipod instead of carrying around loads of cd's - it's worth it. The guy is right about having license revoked if you're tuning it while driving. I hope drivers going the other way don't have one in their car as some of us will surely be dying!! Great review by Jeremy.

Posted by MM on September 8, 2004 at 4:56 PM (PDT) Comment 21

Do not waste the 100 bucks on this piece of junk. Sure it does transmit through the radio but the quality is horrible. Another consideration is that it is grossly underpowered so that you have to turn up your radio to hear it. In that case you have this wine from the ignition system unless you have a noise filter is installed. It is not possible to use a tape adapter for most people know with new cars using on CD. I would suggest getting a head unit with a line in adapter. I have used it win three different automobiles and had similar results in all three. Do not waste you money. A real head unit for you car is a much better investment. You can get one with an Auxiliary input jack for 129 bucks @ Cruchfield

Posted by falat_whmc on September 11, 2004 at 9:49 AM (PDT) Comment 22

its all a bit expensive for something which adds its on FX compared to the much cheaper itrip and cassete to jack adaptors you can buy, qhich don't. plus the design jus looks cheap and the bid LCD could be a little less of an eye sore.

Posted by JAGGA on September 11, 2004 at 1:00 PM (PDT) Comment 23

Great review.
I have the Transpod with the fully articulated arm (the 3rd gen, slightly older one) and only have good things to say about it. Yes the sound quality is not perfect, but I don't think that you can expect it to be, as it is an FM transmitter. There are a few slight buzzes and (what I have just learnt) a sound when the hard drive is accessed. It is certainly good enough for me, however.
I would recommend it to anyone, but only if they don't expect the sound quality of an amazing indoor stereo in their car!

Posted by Fleur on September 13, 2004 at 12:10 AM (PDT) Comment 24

The current TransPod is the car accessory!
I love it! It allows me to move from car to car with ease and enjoy my iPod fully. This is easily the best $100 I have spent in pursuit of iPod enjoyment! Music, recharging at the same time, It doesn't get better.

Posted by D LOver on September 16, 2004 at 6:39 AM (PDT) Comment 25

I have some general questions:

If the iPod is playing and the car is turned off, will the iPod switch to battery mode? Or does the iPod switch off.

I'm looking to get an in-line modulator and a charger with a line out. I'm wondering if I leave my iPod in my car, if the battery will be dead (or I have to remember to stop it everytime I get out of the car). Any feedback would be nice.

Posted by Roy Bost on September 17, 2004 at 8:59 PM (PDT) Comment 26

The volume is horrible. You can not adjust using the Ipod. I prefer the ITrip as the sound / volume is overwhelmingly superior. Buy a cigarette adapter and you are set.

Posted by Chinmn on September 26, 2004 at 10:08 PM (PDT) Comment 27

I bought the newest version last week for my 3G iPod. The cradle is what sold me on this FM transmitter.

I've found that the static is unbearable in one of our cars, and virtually unnoticeable in another (below a certain volume).

I agree that this thing is severely underpowered and has a long way to go.

For $100, I expected a much stronger design as well. Hire an engineer and design an adjustable arm made of light-weight alloy.

I will be returning mine. I'd give it a C at best. This is not a viable solution for taking your iPod on the road.

Posted by .:.impossible. on October 2, 2004 at 6:26 AM (PDT) Comment 28

I regret to say that my dlo no: 009-2002 - iPod holder, charger, transmitter- emits a most distracting high pitched hum- (in a 2003 Buick LeSabre) I have tried using different appliance outlets (cigarette lighter) and nothing reduces the sound. ONly when you turn up the volumn to a certain level do you drown out the sond. Does anyone have a suggestion for a remedy?

Posted by Russell Ayers on October 2, 2004 at 1:30 PM (PDT) Comment 29

After using my transpod with my 4G Ipod, I have noticed that the volume can't go very loud. Any solutions to this? I have only been somewhat satisfied with the transpod. It would be perfect if I could imporve the sound quality...

Posted by Joe on October 5, 2004 at 12:57 PM (PDT) Comment 30

I just got the new transpod for my 4G 40 gig and it works great. Its a clean design with no tangly wires (pet peave of mine).
I was going to stick with the itrip and a car-charger, but the aesthetic simplicity of
the transpod sold me. Only issue is with the volume. I have to crank up my Alpine in
order to compensate for the mid-level volume that has been pre-set. $99 retail (got mine at Bestbuy for $89) should offer some sort of volume control. Otherwise, 10,000 songs are within reach for my driving regrets! The auxillary jack is a plus. It would be great if DLO would offer the transpod in black.

Posted by all_ears on October 17, 2004 at 10:35 PM (PDT) Comment 31

I purchased a TransPod and returned it a couple of days later. I could not fit it into my car (1997 RAV4 4 door) without hitting it with my knee or the stick shift. In additions there was a high-pitched whine that increased in pitch and volume depending with the engine RPM. Clearly my Alternator is noisy and this problem could have been avoided if the power circuit in the TransPod had been designed properly. Oddly this was a problem with car stereos in the 70s, guess history does repeat itself. I would have spent more time experimenting with placement in the car except for the noise.

Posted by Glenn on October 30, 2004 at 9:22 AM (PDT) Comment 32

I just purchased a TransPod from MicroCenter, open box for $79.99. It seems to be one of the older ones (as were all of the the unopened, $99.99 ones). MicroCenter frequently seems to have older merchandise. I agree that the whole contraption lacks elegance. However, I don't own a car but rather rent or car share one. Therefore, I don't have much control over whether or not they have tape decks (most rentals don't these days). After finally locating the power port on the Toyota Prius I was driving, I plugged the TransPod in. The extender is required in this car (so was a trip to the owners manual to find the powerport itself). The end result was not terribly pretty but quite functional. The iPod ended up at a rather odd angle and did sway a bit but it's not like I was looking at it all the time. Tuned it to 107.7 and away I went. The sound quality was fine for my non-audiophile ears. It sure beats propping my Altec Lansing InMotion speakers on the dashboard (they slipped off and hit the cat). I liked that the FM transmitter could use any frequency as here in Philadelphia, the low end of the dial is quite crowded. I didn't notice any strange noises and it was on shuffle.

I'm off on a road trip for the weekend which will give me an opportunity to really put it through its paces. And, I have 30 days to return it....

Posted by megsaint on November 4, 2004 at 4:47 PM (PDT) Comment 33

I bought one of these and am very disappointed the fm transmitter doesn't give a good signal on any channel for me. I have a $20 IRoc that works better but not great. I hope I can return it and get my money back. I went to the Crutchfield site and for only $40 more ($139) I bought an AIWA car stereo with an input jack on the front that I can plug my iPod right into and get much better sound. the AIWA even plays mp3 cds. Wish I had known about it before I bought the car kit.

Posted by Joe Audette on November 17, 2004 at 8:26 AM (PDT) Comment 34

Hello everybody ,it is nice to know you !
There are some problems with your ipod and its accessories .
Let me to solve some of these questions .
1.When you are driving and pluging your ipod into your transpod ,you have to adjust volume by car stereo volume button instead of ipod wheel .If you try to adjust volume in ipod ,it can not work.
2.There are two steps to switch off
your car .First step ,you just stop battery electronic but you still can
listen your radio system .At the same time ,you run the radio system by spare battery .And you don't use any ipod energy in this situation.After second step ,you switch all electronic off .And you can not hear any sound from car stereo till you switch on again .
Maybe you are still confused about car switch on or switch off .You even don't know why there are two steps to switch off a car .I assume you guys could try it next time staying in your car .And you will realize it completely.

Posted by BRYCE on November 25, 2004 at 10:23 PM (PDT) Comment 35

I bought the new model (with the extra button) and I found it lacking. Mounting in a 2004 Cavalier with the included kit doesn't work well. My car lacks a clear space to mount the dash bracket, and all the lighters are in awkward places. I found one place to mount it- In the center column- but the new model doesn't hold the 20GB iPod very firmly in its dock. It kept wiggling off the dock connector, even with the spacer pads inserted.

I took it back, and dug around the store display to find an older model Transpod. I still had a problem with finding a place to mount it, but at least the older model holds the iPod quite firmly in its dock.

I ended up having to jury-rig my own mount. I popped out the plastic "pocket" section of the Cavalier's center column and filled it with a strong packing foam. I drilled two holes through the foam and the plastic in the bottom of the "pocket" and then mounted the dash-mount bracket on top of the foam by running a pair of #8 machine screws through the bracket, the foam, and out through the bottom of the "pocket." I secured it with bolts until there was NO give whatsoever. It's tilted slightly upward thanks to the foam's shape.

Now, the TransPod connects VERY well to my center column, yet it's all removable and has some shock-absorbing thanks to the foam. This puts my iPod at my right hand while I'm driving.

As for the FM tuning: I've been using iTrip for a while, and though I love it's compact size, I hate the tuning procedure. It's a pain to keep all the iTrip stations on the iPod and re-tune when I need to switch (like when entering a new broadcast area). The TransPod FM solves this problem. Tuning the TransPod is WAY easier than the iTrip.

And yes, you CAN hear the iPod hard drive spin on occassion. It's no big deal. You barely notice unless you're a nitpicky SOB. It uses the LIne-In instead of the headphone jack, so it sounds better.

My gripes: I'd like some way to turn off the tuner when I'm not using it, so I can leave the adapter plugged-in. Unfortunately, the TransPod continues to draw battery power from my car while the it's parked (engine off, key out of ignition), and I don't like the idea of forgetting to disconnect fromt he cigarette lighter and finding my car battery dead, not to mention wearing down the sides of the lighter by constantly inserting and removing the adapter. A simple switch would have fixed these problems.

All in all, I give this device a B-

Posted by Wilder_K_Wight on December 21, 2004 at 7:13 PM (PDT) Comment 36

I have to point out, regarding MM's post, that getting a head unit isn't a cost-effective option for some car owners. For example, with the 2004 Cavalier it would cost an additional $100 ABOVE the cost of normal installation because of the way newer factory radios are wired into the car's every electronic system. I looked into getting a different stereo in the car, but at the cost of $150 plus another $150 to $200 for the whole thing (unit, installation, install kit, etc.) coming up with justification to spend $350 to use my $300 iPod in the car is pretty tough. The TransPod solves the major problems without costing too much (I got mine for $85 plus there's a $40 rebate).

I can put up with a minor drop in audio quality for that price.

Posted by Wilder_K_Wight on December 25, 2004 at 5:01 PM (PDT) Comment 37

Has anyone else tried this with an iPod Photo? The website says it will work. I just marred the back of my new iPod Photo trying to slide it in. And it didn't work.

Posted by megsaint on January 2, 2005 at 2:16 PM (PDT) Comment 38


I tried the Belcan Tunecast II and it worked OK. But it had a lot of wires and everything was cluttered in the cockpit. The Tunecast did have issues in that weak stations would become strong in some areas and cause interference with the signal.

The Transpod is a huge improvement. I have an 2004 Expedition with a power outlet in almost verticle orientation on the center console. I only need to use the short adapter. The unit is very stable and out of the way. The transmission signal is much better than the Tunecast. I have not heard any interference from other stations around town or on a recent 100 mile interstate trip.

My only wsh was that it came in black - but I guess that's why they sell spray paint and masking tape.

I am satisfied with the product - your milage may vary.

Posted by cable_guy on January 29, 2005 at 3:21 PM (PDT) Comment 39

I tried the iRock, iTrip, and Belkin Tunebase FM, before choosing the Transpod.

If you have to go the FM transmitter route, there's nothing more convenient than a mobile docking station that charges your iPod while in use. With the iTrip and iRock, I would often forgo using my iPod for short trips, but with the Transpod, it's so easy to just slide it into its dock and go.

The Belkin Tunebase FM is clearly the winner, stylistically, but its FM performance is horrible. The Transpod's arm *is* a little clunky looking, but it's not hideous, and the dock itself looks quite nice. I don't have any stability issues with my iPod mini. And the FM transmission is about as good as I could hope for (I'm pretty realistic in my expectations), and MUCH better than the Belkin. I'd say it's about the same as the iTrip, and easier to tune.

Overall, the only thing I would improve would be the design of the arm. Otherwise, I too am satisfied.

Posted by insonate on February 5, 2005 at 9:28 PM (PDT) Comment 40

I've only had my Transod for a week now- but I'm very pleased with it so far. It fits perfectly into the cig lighter of my 2004 Toyota Highlander; I left the holder loose so I could push it aside in order to shift gears- but it isn't really in the way that much. I do have to turn the volume up quite a bit but the sound has been just fine- no distracting squealing noise. I paid about $75 for it and think it was $$ well spent.

Posted by Lithe1 on February 26, 2005 at 2:13 PM (PDT) Comment 41

The only thing I can find wrong with the transpond is the fit. After buying a after market case that is bulking, it wont fit in the transpond. I would like to see this fixed, so i dont have to keep taking off my case to play music in my car.

Posted by peteA on March 21, 2005 at 5:23 PM (PDT) Comment 42

1st test drive- just picked the transpod up this afternoon, first impressions: first off, I wouldn't even consider using and ipod in the car using an fm transmitter, used for xm sat. and decided to buy a cd player with auxillary in, you can pick up an aiwa for $99.99.
If you are going to use the line out to either the aux. in or cassette player, use the line out on the ipod, then you can still use vol. control on the ipod. All this being said I think the transpod is great and does the job well. I like being able to plug the pod directly into a base and you don't have to put up with wires hanging all over the place. Is it worth the money, probably overpriced, but its hard to find something that works as well as this does and not be overpriced. Again would never consider paying that money to use with fm.

Posted by joegjr on March 30, 2005 at 9:23 AM (PDT) Comment 43

This works great for my purposes - I have a marine stereo /speakers built into my bar-be-que with a Radio Shack power source which features a plug for the transpod. Rather than getting out of the hot tub/pool to change cds I can now have background all day long. As the stereo is't moving it's easy to pick up an open station. I also use it in long distance travel with the motorhome through desert or other areas not requiring constant channel changing. For daily 50 mile commutes I use the cassette adapter.

Posted by richp5 on April 5, 2005 at 11:43 AM (PDT) Comment 44

Anyone tried this one out? Its made by CTA I believe. You are limited to the number of stations you can tune into but it is much cheaper alternative to DLO's.

Posted by powaking on April 14, 2005 at 7:48 AM (PDT) Comment 45
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